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Consultation - Bus services in Central Bedfordshire

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Consultation - Bus services in Central Bedfordshire

Central Bedfordshire Council sent this bulletin at 25-04-2016 12:30 PM BST
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Have your say on changes to bus services in Central Bedfordshire

We currently subsidise or partially fund 53% of bus routes in Central Bedfordshire while also covering the cost of 43,000 bus pass holders every time they use their bus pass.

At a time where our funding has been reduced this is seen as being neither sustainable or a fair way to use council tax payers money.

That is why we are looking at developing a fair and transparent process to make decisions about whether or not to fund bus routes that do not have enough passengers to make them financially viable.

Decisions on levels of services provided will take account of commercial bus operations, actual bus usage and alternative provisions.

We are already seeing community transport solutions stepping in to provide services and we want to encourage more of this so we are proposing to facilitate a new process where community bus providers can compete to provide travel, should demand be high enough.

As well as this the we're looking to make changes to concessionary fares such as changing the times when people can use their bus passes in line with  English National concessionary Travel Scheme.

All the changes are set out in detail in the new draft Passenger Transport Strategy.

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